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  • Writer's pictureShruti GOCHHWAL

The Boy Who Had To Quit Football

“I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way” – George Fairman.

This story is an eye-opener for people who are experiencing any sadness or misfortune.

It urges the readers to trust the process of life and believe that everything happens for a reason.

Just like when assembling a jigsaw puzzle.

Some pieces fit in easily, some are more confusing and integral but eventually, they will all fit in to form a beautiful picture, one which you may or may not be aware of.

You just need to be patient.

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The Story

There was once a young little boy, Thomas, who lived in a happy life with his family. We went to school, had many friends, and overall enjoyed his life.

He had a passion for football and spent the majority of his free time dedicating his life to that sport.

However, at the age of 13, he suffered from an ankle injury and had to undergo a serious surgery. This injury changed his entire life.

The football, playground, and friends were now replaced with a hospital bed, crutches, and doctors. This meant that Thomas was not bedridden and could no longer pursue his interest in football.

Despite all this, the young boy never gave up hope. He still maintained an optimistic mindset and went on with his life.

The damage on his ankle was so severe that he had to undergo multiple surgeries throughout his time in high school.

Eventually, by the time Thomas had graduated high school, his ankle had made a complete recovery with barely any permanent damages.

Fast forward 4 years later, Thomas was now sitting in an interview in a medical school.

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As most of you may know, one of the main question interviewers ask their interviewee in medical school is, ” Why did you choose this path?”- a very important question that holds a high weightage in the analysis.

To this, Thomas replied to the interviewer telling him that his time in the hospital enabled him to get first-hand access to the life of a doctor, one he had grown to admire and get inspired by.

Since he also had so much free time cleared up for him due to his injury and surgeries in high school, he had also exploded his other possible interests which finally pushed him towards majoring in biomedical sciences during his undergraduate studies.

He also had built a very close relationship with his doctors and nurses always were available to guide him into choosing this path.

In addition to that, he also informed his interviewer that he was more inclined in specializing in sports medicine in the future.

On hearing all this, the interviewer was highly impressed and informed him that his story was one of the most interesting stories that he had come across throughout all the interviews.

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When something bad happens in our life, we develop a negative mindset very easily.

We usually blame it on God, fate, luck, or the force of nature. Ironically, you may not be wrong.

In fact, when something bad happens it could be things are falling into place. You just don’t know it yet.

If you think about it, how are we to decide if something is good or bad if we are unable to see the bigger picture of life as a whole?

Something bad could actually be something good in the long run.

Thomas was a 13-year-old boy who had more wisdom than most of us. He never fought off the inevitable, when his life changed he allowed fate to steer or guide him into another direction.

Eventually, this ankle injury was what really guided him towards his journey and passion for medicine. So something as bad as an ankle injury that had taken a toll in his life has now played such a positive role in inspiring and motivating him.

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To conclude, this story is not to push people to give in to their problems. Some may argue that Thomas could have pushed himself harder to eventually play football again.

However, the fact was that football would’ve further damaged his ankle or compromise his recovery – you cannot fight fire with fire.

” Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, be strong, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.”

Thus, the main purpose of this story is to make the readers understand or realize that when life closes one door, it may be opening up ten others and you need to stop and look, instead of spending your time drowning in regret, sadness or envy.

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